David Lawrence-Young – This Is One of My Pet Peeves

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This is one of my pet peeves. People are forgetting how to think. Rather than ponder a question their first reaction is to whip out their ever-ready cell phone and start flipping their finger across the screen.

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David Bedein – Children’s Army of Hamas

David Bedein - Children's Army of Hamas

The Israeli group claims that the UN’s relief arm works closely with Hamas, which engages in training of child soldiers, in violation of international law. (Reuters)

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Israel Seen – The Water of Life

 The Water of Life

“Jewish tradition connects the five books of Moses (the Torah) with water. For a healthy life, our sages say that you cannot go three days without either. Recently there have been many news stories from Israel on the theme of water – all focusing on the Israeli priority of saving or benefiting human life.”

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Jonathan Sacks – Violence and the Sacred

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A MUST READ! Why sacrifices? To be sure, they have not been part of the life of Judaism since the destruction of the Second Temple, almost 2,000 years ago. But why, if they are a means to an end, did God choose this end?

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Bret Stephens – The Orwellian Obama Presidency

Bret Stephens - The Orwellian Obama Presidency

Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory. Orwell would have understood the president’s upside-down thinking. Photo: Getty Images

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Rohit Agarwal – Why Do Israeli Tourists Love India?

Why Do Israeli Tourists Love India?  Taj Mahal at Agra, India – Photo by Simon, CC0 1.0

While visiting tourist destinations like Goa and Pushkar in India, several of us Indians have often come across a bunch of Israeli backpackers. Ever wondered why do so many Israelis love travelling to India? Taj Mahal at Agra, India – Photo by Simon, CC0 1.0

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Hatikva Flash Mob on the Jerusalem Light Rail and More

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Playground on Rothchild Blvd. Enjoy the music and the interesting way these young Israelis used the arts to support voting in this recent election.

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David Lawrence-Young – Verisimilitude – Seeming to be real

David Lawrence-Young

Last time I wrote about why I write historical novels. This time I’m going to write about Verisimilitude – a lovely long word meaning the quality of seeming to be real. In other words, when I write, I do my best to get the historical facts (dates, names, places etc.) that I use in the main story or as part of the background absolutely right.

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Andy Bachman – Don’t Like the Israeli Election? Look in the Mirror

Andy Bachman. As American Jews, we often like our Zionism on the bookshelf

As American Jews, we often like our Zionism on the bookshelf

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D11529_1  In the recent election in Israel, the Obama administration was greatly surprised and upset by the landslide victory for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s party, Likud. During the last few days of the campaign, Bibi told the electorate that a State of Palestine would not be established during his premiership, ostensibly refuting his call for such a state made during his speech at Bar Ilan University in 2009. Adopting the Levy Report (see below) would greatly strengthen Bibi’s position.

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